Cherry Hill Plumbing: Article About About Water Distillers
Of the many types of water filtering products available, a water distiller is one of the most reliable ways to purify your household supply. Devices are available that distill all water entering your home before distribution to your interior plumbing. Countertop units that are designed to remove unhealthy particles from your drinking water are also good options. If a member of your family has health issues or is pregnant, choosing an adequate purification system is imperative. Ask your Cherry Hill plumbing experts about water distillation as a viable option for removing contaminants from your water.
Distillation is an age-old process dating to around 200 C.E., when sailors distilled seawater for potable use. Distilled water contains none of the damaging ions common to tap water. It is suited for refilling lead acid batteries and for use in the automotive industry for that very reason. People also use distilled water in applications where chemical or mineral residue is undesirable.
Distilling water was once an energy-consumptive and slow process, but with inventions such as the flash-type evaporator, distillation has become more energy and time-efficient. Point-of-use distilling devices are regaining popularity in household environments.
Distillers purify water in three steps. First, they heat the water to the boiling point, or 212 degrees Fahrenheit, and maintain a constant temperature as the water begins to vaporize. Then, they collect the steam as condensation on surfaces and store the purified droplets in a separate container.
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Water distillers designed for home use are equipped with a baffle vent that eliminates gases other than water vapor during the steam phase. A coiled tube then traps the water vapor and cools it with an integrated fan or cool water to condense the vapor back to a liquid format. Many water distillers incorporate activated carbon filters that further purify the water as it transfers into the storage tank. The activated carbon replaces oxygen in the water at the same time.
Any content in the pre-distilled water with a boiling point higher than 212 degrees remains in the original chamber, separated from the purified liquid. This includes most minerals, many pathogens and some chemicals. Substances such as nitrates, lead, copper, iron, chlorine, fluorine, sodium and bacteria all remain behind when the distilled water makes its way into the second chamber of the device.
While whole-house water distillers are available, in most cases they are unnecessary. Unless someone who is extremely sensitive lives in the residence, using untreated or softened water for most washing and household purposes works fine. For the roughly two percent of your water supply that your family ingests, a smaller water distiller is adequate.
Some countertop water distillers look similar to coffee makers, with a chamber for tap water and a glass or plastic receptacle that collects distilled water. Many consumers prefer glass containers that cannot be contaminated with chemicals that could leach from plastics. Look for a model that has a lifespan of several years and one that lists the specific impurities that it effectively removes from your water. Size the unit to suit the size of your family and your typical water consumption needs.